Happy New Year! Here’s what’s happening at Holy Trinity Inwood.
- Epiphany mini-study, Weds., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 7-9pm
- Sun., Jan. 21, Annual Election and Parish Meeting, 10:30-2pm
- Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Holy Communion and imposition of ashes at 7pm
- Fri. & Sat., Feb 16 & 17, Vestry Retreat
- Lenten study, Wednesdays in Lent, Feb. 21 – Mar. 21, 7-9pm
- Sat., Mar. 31, Easter Vigil & Baptisms, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Annual Election and Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 21
Please join us for the Annual Election and Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 21 from 10:30-2pm. We have three new candidates for the Vestry this year: Pia Catton, Kelli Emerson, and Alanna Burke. All three have contributed tremendously to Holy Trinity in the past year and have injected new life into our media outreach and our fundraising. Abigail Snow will also stand for reelection as a warden. Rotating off will be Yvonne Usher, Leslee Warren, and Victor Isaac. Please thank them when you see them for their service and hard work.
Please welcome Laura McCluskey and Alan Spaulding as our custodian and sexton respectively.
Epiphany mini-study: How to read the Bible (Wednesdays, January 10, 17, & 24, 7-9pm, Vicar’s apartment)
This three-week course will follow closely the method I use to develop a sermon. In this course you will learn:
- How to make your own “translation” of a passage (even if you don’t know a word of Greek or Hebrew)
- What three questions you must ask (and answer) for each biblical text you read
- How to find Christ in every page of the Bible
The course will cover both theory and practice and we will share and critique each other’s work. Please email the Vicar (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register.
Lenten study: Satan, Demons, and Angels (Wednesday, February 21 – March 21, 7-9pm, Vicar’s apartment)
This six-week course will cover the corresponding chapters in Walter Wink’s book Unmasking the Powers. (Please purchase your own copy.) Could Satan be in the service of God to work good and help us achieve our salvation? Or is he an independent force of evil? Do Satan, the demons, and the angels have a metaphysical reality, or are they simply a way of naming experiences common to the entire human race? Finally, who (and what) are the angels of the churches and of the nations and how do we, as Christians, minister to them?
Please email the Vicar (email@example.com) to register.
N.B. This class will double as a baptism / confirmation / reception class for those interested in being baptized, confirmed, or received into the Episcopal Church.
What to call me?
We’ve had a lot of new people join us at Holy Trinity in the past year and so I’ve been asked this question more than once. The truth is I had to figure this out for myself and I’ve finally done it. Now I will share it with you. Per my letter of agreement I am the Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity, but since the term “Vicar” has been in use here for over 20 years, I see no reason to stop using it. Vicar has long been used by the English Church to denote the incumbent of a parish church. The proper way to address a vicar is simply, “vicar,” as in “Hello, Vicar!” If you’re referring to me in the third person it’s “the Vicar.” Never correct is “Reverend” or “Rev.” as in “Are you a Reverend?” “No, I am not.” (Although “the Rev.” as in “the Rev. Mr. J.W. Dell” is correct.) “Pastor” sounds Lutheran while “Father” sounds Roman Catholic and not to my liking. (Nothing against Roman Catholics!) Mr. Dell would be quite appropriate but also quite formal, so let’s go with “Vicar” or even “Vicar D.” as some of the Pied Piper folks call me. There, now you know.